Assistant or Associate Scientist
Job Reference14-08-05
Job TitleAssistant or Associate Scientist
The Biology Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position on our Scientific Staff.  We seek exceptional candidates to complement our existing interdisciplinary strengths in biology, biological oceanography, and marine ecology (  Candidates in all areas are welcome to apply but we are particularly interested in applicants who conduct research in marine microbiology or phytoplankton ecology.  Areas of expertise in marine phytoplankton may include, but are not limited to, open-ocean phytoplankton ecology, harmful algal blooms, physiological ecology, or biogeochemistry. Expertise in marine microbiology should be in bacteria, archaea, or viruses, ideally with an ecological or biogeochemical focus in the water column.  We expect to hire at the junior, untenured level but exceptionally well qualified candidates at other levels also will be considered.
Applicants should have a doctoral degree, postdoctoral experience, and a record of scientific research publications in scholarly journals.  WHOI scientific staff members are expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program.  They have the opportunity to advise graduate students and teach courses in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering (  Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaboration with the other science departments (Applied Ocean Science and Engineering, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Marine Geology and Geophysics, and Physical Oceanography; and the Ocean Institutes ( at WHOI, as well as with researchers in the broader Woods Hole scientific community. Members of the WHOI’s Scientific Staff are expected to provide for their salaries from grants and contracts, but the Institution provides salary support when no other funding is available as well as significant internal funding for developing innovative research.  Candidates hired at the junior level will receive an initial appointment for four years with salary guaranteed. Female and minority applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.  WHOI is sensitive to the issues of dual career scientists and will work with applicants to identify and explore available options. WHOI’s benefits package includes vacation time, an employer contribution retirement plan, medical and dental plans, child care subsidy, flexible scheduling, and family illness days.
WHOI is the largest private, non-profit oceanographic institution in the world, with staff and students numbering approximately 1,000.  Its mission is to advance our understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicate this understanding for the benefit of society.  The Institution is located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world-renowned center of excellence in marine, biomedical, and environmental science.
PhD (required) in oceanography, biological sciences, or related field.  Postdoctoral experience is highly desirable.
Applications should include, as a single pdf document, a cover letter, CV, 3-page research statement that clearly describes your research interests, names and contact information for four references, and copies of up to three relevant publications.  The package should also be sent separately to the chair of the Biology Department at
Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2014.
WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V; it is also a member of the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.  Please visit HERC - for more information.
Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email for assistance.
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